Lights OUT. The 2024 LGBTQ+ One Act Play Festival

A Special CWP Mainstage Production

by Various Playwrights

July 19th – 28th, 2024

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

Join us for one of our most popular events, featuring 8 original LGBTQ+ themed short plays in one theatrical experience

Audiences will enjoy an eclectic mix of short plays, featuring comedy, drama, and everything in between!

Choose from SIX different performances of our show over two weekends!

In addition to thrilling sell-out crowds, this exciting event provides playwrights with an opportunity to see their work produced and provides emerging directors with experience under the guidance of seasoned mentors.

Presented with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.


"Ask. Tell." by Barbara Lindsay

A grandmother arrives at the hospital to see her grandson who has been in an accident. Before she can see him, she meets the boyfriend she didn't know he had.

"Broken Vessel" by Domenick Scudera

When two drag queens get booked to entertain at a bar mitzvah, an unexpected pre-show dressing room visit by 13 year old Marv broadens their horizons.

"Direct Deposit" by John Bavoso

A straight man and a gay man walk into a sperm bank. There's no punchline, but their chance encounter leaves both men changed forever.

"Mrs. Greenblatt’s Place In The Universe" by Sharon Goldner

Mrs. Greenblatt has discovered the meaning of "better late than never." Now all she has to do is come out to her 40 year old daughter.

“Thanks for the Mammaries!” by Bailey Jordan Garcia

After years of wrestling with the decision, Bailey faces the challenge of having to fire their worst employees -- their breasts. But these boobs won't go down without a fight.

"There’s a Word for That" by Mikki Gillette

Poe, a trans woman, and Eddie, a cis man, are on a first date. Complications arise when she begins worrying aloud about all the horrible things that happen to women like her in romantic situations. Can Eddie calm her fears, or is he hiding some skeletons himself?

"Four Dry Tongues" by Alex Dremann

Tristan invites his adorable friend Matt over for a party in his tiny Manhattan closet apartment, hoping to lure him into bed, but Tristan's best friend Ginny has the exact same plan.

"Scars" by Pamela Kingsley

Lindy, Babs and Dizzy visit a tattoo parlor. When they meet Char, the tattoo artist, they have a lot of questions, like, "are you a boy or a girl?"

Adult Language and Subject Matter

Please select a performance
Fri, Jul 19th, 2024 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Jul 20th, 2024 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Jul 21st, 2024 at 2:00 pm
Fri, Jul 26th, 2024 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Jul 27th, 2024 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Jul 28th, 2024 at 2:00 pm

All Advance Tickets: $20 (available online until 2.5 hours prior to showtime unless sold out.)

Ticket prices increase by $2 per ticket 24 hours prior to showtime, or when a performance is in high demand, whichever comes first.

Subject to availability, tickets may be purchased at the door.


Performances also offer the option of supporting great community theatre by co-sponsoring your performance for $25. 

Select performances also offer guaranteed front row seating for an additional $4 per ticket or guaranteed second row seating for an additional $2 per ticket. Limited availability.


Ticketing and Seating Policies:

Please note - online ticket sales are closed 2.5 hours before performance time.

All sales are final. We regret we are unable to refund any tickets.

Subject to availability, tickets may be exchanged for a future performance of the same show when requested at least 24 hours prior to the original ticketed performance.

Please email to request the new date. A change fee of $3 per order may apply.

Individual seating for all performances and events is general admisson unless otherwise indicated at time of purchase.

Accessible seating is available on a limited basis for disabled patrons. Please indicate any special needs at time of purchase, or email to request accessible seating.

PLEASE NOTE: Your seat is only guaranteed until showtime. We reserve the right to resell seats not claimed by showtime, and we regret we are unable to refund unused tickets. Please be prompt! Latecomers will be seated at intermission.

Rush Tickets:

Rush tickets will be available for each Carrollwood Players production where tickets are still available 10 minutes before the performance starts. Rush prices are 50% off the normal ticket price.

Eligible patrons who desire Rush Tickets will be placed on a list in the order they arrive at the theater. The list will not be started until the box office officially opens.

Teachers, Law Enforcement Officers, Fire & Rescue Officers, Active Duty Military, Nurses

Each rush eligible patron may purchase up to two tickets per ID. Patrons must be present to make a purchase.

Patrons must request Rush Tickets verbally, as the box office volunteer will not automatically sell Rush Tickets, regardless of the time a purchaser makes a purchase.

Theatre For All:

Carrollwood Players offers a limited number of free tickets to every performance for low income families receiving Florida SNAP benefits. For more information, click HERE.